Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Anime/Manga Design Influence

As a child I was discouraged from reading comic books, they were seen as very inferior reading material in our house. But I do remember small stacks of second hand comics being in the house from time to time after visits to friends and cousins who were willing to part with some of their old unwanted ones. Since the 1980's the street art movement has been gaining kudos in the mainstream art scene, and  I have remained fascinated with this definitive graphic style of art. Some of the tapestries I will be putting into the Four Directions In Tapestry exhibition will reflect on this continued somewhat taboo art influence. With its defined areas of block colour and solid lines the anima/manga style lends itself to tapestry weaving.


  1. Hi Michelle, as you can see from the top of the page with my blog title I've already woven this self-portrait design before, but I wanted to give it another go stripping it right back to the basic blocks of colour. It is proving to be faster obviously, but strangely no easier than the one with more detail. It is woven on a cotton warp set at 10 epi. It could easily have been done at 4 epi I think as I have done a portrait called Crayon Boy set at that, however at 10 epi it is not so bulky so retains a more refined finish up close
    Been following what you're up to, good luck with your study. I get to Australia once a year or so, be great to meet up one time.


Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

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